Reasons not to get a mac mini over a 21" imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by OneSon, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. OneSon
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    I'm looking for a home-office computer with ms office, audio signal processing and some fairly intense number crunching (spss) in mind.

    I thought an iMac was the way to go but a friend mentioned the mac mini. Just comparing the specs it seems the mini offers exceptional value and is user upgradable.

    Is there something I'm missing?
     
  2. FFabian
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    If the integrated GPU is no concern (no/light gaming, not using graphic design software) and you already have a nice screen go for the mini.
     
  3. ybz90
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    I am strongly in the Mini camp myself, but the big differentiators between the two are the convenience of an all-in-one and the dedicated GPU. I think in comparison, the iMac is a poor value in this current generation, as the CPU in the lower end models are generally worse than the quad-core Mac Mini, but your decision to purchase should be need dependent as the serve two different market niches.
     
  4. OneSon
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    I've just priced out the following:

    Macmini

    2.3ghz i7
    Fusion drive
    4gb ram (would upgrade myself to 16gb)
    trackpad
    keyboard

    £995 + £150 monitor

    Imac

    2.7ghz i5
    Fusion drive
    8gb ram (nonupgradable)
    trackpad
    keboard

    1299

    Which of these would be a faster more efficient machine?
     

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